Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Espoo Rapakivi Stones



I needed some exercise, the weather was great, and there's a directory of Espoo's natural wonders in the Internet. So I went a biking tour to look at some of the Rapakivi boulders.

Rapakivi granite is a special stone, a common Finnish stone. The literal translation of the name is "crumbly rock", for its ability to deteriorate easily.

I went to see a large boulder near the Tillinmäki radio tower (first one below), one on Malminmäentie in the Espoo central park (above), and one at the end of Malminmäentie (last one below). The two first ones were most interesting, with the Tillinmäki one being most obviously crumbly :-)

In Tillinmäki the radio tower area is fenced off, and inside the fence there would be more interesting rocks that I could only photograph from behind the fence. The second photo below is one such rock, split in half.




Text and photos (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

Friday, June 14, 2019

The new A220



I had a chance to fly the new Airbus A220 plane the other day. Wonderful, efficient, hi-tech plane! And new airplane smell!

However, there's one bug in this airplane from a passenger perspective. Given that the aircraft is smaller than the typical 737s and A320s, it seats five across, divided of course as 2 seats on the left and 3 on the right side of the aisle. But given today's size of large-ish overhead luggage compartments, left side compartment door is so close to the people walking on the aisle that it is very easy to hit your head. Ouch!

The other interesting bit is that the entertainment system on each seat looks like a phone glued sideways to the back of the previous seat. Which it probably is...





Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. Read all my flying stories from planetflier.com or all my stories on any topic (skiing, caving, etc) from Blogspot or TGR!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Welcome to KAINUU


Quiet place, green grass, views, a rocking chair... at an airport. Hard to believe, but there is this lounge at HEL called KAINUU.

I've seen the room many times, walking by behind the glass, but never figured out where it actually is, or how to get there :-) but now I know :-)

Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Hot as HEL


Well, it isn't really a sauna, except that it is hot, it is packed with people. And it is a decorated bus at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport, affectionately known as HEL.

Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Lummelunda, here I come!


Lummelunda week is coming up AND I'M GOING AGAIN! WOOHOOO!

The above picture is from the very end of the cave that I reached last year, on a gruelling 7 hour cave crawl. What a view to see :-) Actually, it is pretty remarkable place. More on that later.

Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. All my caving and urban exploration articles can be found from planetcaver.nettheurbanexplorer.net and of course blogspot and TGR!

Corporate sauna in a Russian harbour



I attended a workshop at a private corporate facility in Kirkkonummi, and it turns out that there was both a very nice sauna, swimming place, as well as ruins from the Russian occupation times: a railroad leading to a rock, almost disappeared harbour pier. Nice surprise!




Photos and text (c) 2019. More swimming and sauna stories can be found from planetswimmer.com and saunablogger.cool web sites!

Lähteen sauna



My colleagues had organised an event at the Lähteen Sauna, in the area of the Lapinlahti mental institute. Ex. institute... and Lähteen sauna is as far as I know, the oldest still operating sauna in Helsinki that is still open to public.

Very good heat in the sauna! Apparently the easy access to water is kind of far away, however, even if the sea is right next to the sauna. Still, much recommended. 7€ for entrance fee, to be paid at the cafeteria inside the main building.



Photos and text (c) 2019. All sauna photos have been taken with permission, when the facility is closed, and/or when there are no other guests present.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

EuroSpeleo, here I come!


Today I managed to sign up for the EuroSpeleo 2019, this time happening near Sofia in Bulgaria!

Last year's EuroSpeleo was so much fun that I have to do this again (photo course, moon milk, river caving, and more).

Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. See more stories from the underground worlds at planetcaver.net and theurbanexplorer.net!


Monday, May 27, 2019

Yacht hotel. And a sauna. Obviously.



Spending the night right in Stockholm's old town? On a yacht? With an excellent sauna heated up just for you? For 1000 SEK (100€) a night? Enter Mälardrottningen... not bad at all!

For work, I need to stay in Kista, north of Stockholm a lot. But I try to vary my hotels just to see what's nice, and to test different saunas. This week I found that there's many boat hotels in Stockholm, and I decided to stay in town rather than up north. It takes a bit more time to ride the trains to the town, but the prices are quite affordable. For instance, it is cheaper to stay in the Mälardrottningen than in the usual hotel in Kista. And they don't even have a sauna!




Text and photos (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. Read more of my sauna stories at saunablogger.cool!

Iceland



Besides the hot pools, volcanoes, and caves, I also find Iceland wonderful in other ways. On my recent two trips, I managed to find some time for quick tours of some of the usual attractions near Reykjavik, on the Golden Circle for instance.

Loved the Gulfoss waterfall (above) and the Geysir area.

Geysirs:






Volcanoes:


Reykjavik:


Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. See more stories from the underground worlds at planetcaver.net and theurbanexplorer.net!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Crack between the plates



I knew that there are tectonic plates, but I had no idea one can walk in the crack between them. But in Thingvellir, Iceland it is possible.

There are also amazing waterfalls in the area, but those are kind of expected. Pretty to look at, though.





Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko and friends. All rights reserved. See more stories from the underground worlds at planetcaver.net and theurbanexplorer.net!

Hot lake



While driving around a bit after the meeting ended that day, I came across a modest looking community swimming pool in Laugarvatn. But it turned out to be a luxury sauna - thermal bath facility, the Fontana. And it was on the beach of a lake where the warnings say the lake water is boiling at some places. Care for a swim?




The saunas and steam rooms were stellar! There was one Finnish sauna and three steam rooms, with steam generated by the natural thermal water running under the floor boards in the steam rooms.



There was also a very, very nice restaurant, the Lindin next to the spa. I recommend their arctic char meal in particular, with the fish coming right out of the lake.




Text and photos (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko & friends. All rights reserved. And all my sauna and swimming stories can of course be found from planetswimmer.com and saunablogger.cool web sites!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Banksy tunnel



While in London, we happened to walk through the Banksy Tunnel, a pedestrian walkway tunnel where graffiti is ... tolerated if not legal. Pretty nice!

The tunnel is on Leake Street.




Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. See more stories from the underground worlds at planetcaver.net and theurbanexplorer.net!

Boozetunnel



Booze tunnel in Helsinki... not from prohibition times but built between Alko's factory and warehouse. Decommissioned, now as a reserve shelter. The tunnel is underneath the Ruoholahti mall, in floor -6... deep under everything else. So deep that it is even underneath the kid amusement park Hoplop in floor -5 :-)

Tero happened to notice that this was open for public tour today and sent me a note. Thanks!



Tunnels:



Not really sure what to think of this:


Stairs out:


Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. See more stories from the underground worlds at planetcaver.net and theurbanexplorer.net!